Soundtrack Review: Annabelle Creation

Soundtrack Review: Annabelle Creation

Annabelle Creation Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Annabelle Creation by Benjamin Wallfisch.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 38.6
Album Excellence: 83.9%

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Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee & Miranda Otto. It is a prequel to the 2014 movie Annabelle and is the fourth film in The Conjuring series. Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own. The score is composed by Benjamin Wallfisch.

If you have been following the Conjuring movies, you’ll be well aware that The Warrens have a doll locked inside their house called Annabelle. Said to come alive at the most unfortunate moments, they have it inside a glass box. This is the origin story of Annabelle and it looks rather good. Benjamin Wallfisch is the composer and he is getting better and better at horror scoring so I’m excited for this one. Another horror supremo Joseph Bishara scored the 2014 movie Annabelle and that was really scary, but I’m sure this one will be as well. As it should be, the score is starting with ‘Creation’, a rather retro orchestral horror cue. It reminds me a bit of Carpenter’s work, but without the electronics. The sound is full and wonderful not unlike his recent score for "A Cure For Wellness". It only takes a couple of minutes to get into a more scary horror mood and that’s where I suspect the meat of this score is. I love those little violin jabs at the end, that’s terrific.

While Bishara went for total immersion inside the horrific world of Annabelle, Wallfisch steers in parts towards a more lyrical and fully orchestral experience. Still, there’s plenty to be scared about here. Wallfisch is constantly pushing himself to go further into the realm of horror as can be heard in cues like ‘Bee’s Room’ and ‘Annabelle Awakened’. The mood he creates, the emotions he stirs up can’t be underestimated. I’m sitting here with goose bumps listening to the score and that’s an amazing thing when it comes to horror music. I can’t say that Wallfisch’s approach of lyrical horror is new, but his music feels more powerful than most. In addition to the horror, there’s a number of really good themes as well. What we have here is a terrific horror score filled with beauty and fear. Bishara and Wallfisch have different approached, but they complement each other well and this is one to go high up in your horror collection.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Creation
2. The Mullins Family
3. A New Home
4. Bee’s Room
5. Annabelle Awakened
6. Bunkmates
7. Shadows And Sheets
8. Bee’s Photo
9. Puppets And Mischief
10. Your Soul
11. Avatars
12. Demon Fishing
13. The Possession
14. Linda’s Suspicion
15. Samuel’s Death
17. Jannabelle
18. Transformation
19. Demonquake
21. The House Is Blessed
22. Adoption

GD Star Rating
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